The new President of the Republic of Moldova Maia Sandu made a statement that is being actively discussed both in Moldova itself and in the Russian Federation. According to Ms Sandu, who took office just a few days ago, Russia must withdraw its military contingent from the banks of the Dniester.
By the military contingent, Sandu means those soldiers who, according to her, do not belong to the peacekeeping group. We are talking about military personnel who are engaged in the protection of warehouses from weapons and ammunition. This is one of the largest arsenals in the entire post-Soviet space outside the Russian Federation. It is hard to imagine what could happen if the protection of this arsenal is removed or if it falls under the control of Moldovan troops, which, to put it mildly, do not feel loyalty to the unrecognized Pridnestrovian Moldavian Republic.
Experts and officials are reacting to the Moldovan president's statements.
According to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, such issues have not yet been discussed with the new Moldovan president. At the same time, Peskov noted that Moscow expects a constructive dialogue and that the policy of the Moldovan leadership will be consistent.
Russian expert circles note that this very statement by Sandu that Russia "must do something" looks more like the desire of the new Moldovan president to obtain approval from the West, rather than the actions of an independent politician. At the same time, it is added that Maya Sandu voiced her half-requirements-half-proposals without any negotiations directly with Russia - with the country, to whose leadership she indirectly appeals. This can hardly be called a constructive approach.